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What to know: A great family movie for ages 7 to 18.
Recommended age 5-14
90 minutes
Video and DVD
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If you enjoy comedy mixed with great musical numbers then you will love "Dear Dumb Diary." "Dear Dumb Diary" is about a girl named Jamie Kelly who attends Mackeral Middle School and dreams of being popular and of having the boy of her dreams, Hudson, love her. She writes all of her secrets and dreams in her diary. She is jealous of a beautiful girl named Angeline who she feels gets more attention from Hudson than Jamie feels she deserves.

My favorite character in the movie is Jamie Kelly (Emily Alyn Lind). She is easy to relate to as most teenagers have insecurities and lots of dreams of how their life could be better. Jamie keeps her room really messy and only cleans it when she wants to find her missing diary. She is funny and has a great sense of humor. Emily is a very talented girl and does a wonderful job of acting, singing and dancing in this movie.

The musical numbers in "Dear Dumb Diary" are well choreographed and very entertaining. They add a great deal to the movie because it keeps the viewer's attention and adds an extra dimension to this already excellent movie.

My favorite part of the movie is actually a musical number. It is the musical number where Jamie sings that there are too many beautiful people in the world and they need to leave to give the ordinary people a chance to shine. The ordinary people put all of the beautiful people on a small yellow school bus and send them away.

The film has many positive messages that can apply to all age ranges. The first is "do not judge a book by its cover." Angeline, who Jamie feels is mean in the movie because she is so beautiful, actually covers for her and returns her diary without reading a single word of it. Jamie, even though she wants to shine and be the winner in the Jump-A-Thon, helps Angeline who doesn't know how to jump.

Jamie and her best friend Isabella do this because Angeline has many sponsors and will enable the school to hire the art teacher back and provide many extracurricular activities for the school. Isabella and Jamie show maturity in putting the greater good of the school before their own personal glory. Jamie's best friend Isabella collects for a fake charity so she can get money to buy herself contacts. In the end, Jamie and Isabella start a charity that helps less fortunate children to get glasses. Throughout the movie, Jamie is learning the lesson that inner beauty is very important.

I give this movie five out of five stars. It's a great family movie appropriate for ages 7 to 18. You might think it is a girl's movie but I enjoyed it and so did my twelve year old brother. I feel the music and dancing help this movie appeal to a wider audience range. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Adam C., age 8.

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An adaptation of the best-selling books by Jim Benton, Dear Dumb Diary stars Emily Alyn Lind as Jamie, the disgruntled diarist of Mackerel Middle School. One of Jamie's chief complaints is the effortless beauty of her nemesis, Angeline. How is she supposed to get Hudson, the eighth-cutest boy in school, to notice her when Perfect People like Angeline are strolling the halls? As far as she's concerned, it's high time the Average People got their due. When her school's art program is threatened due to budget cuts, the district decides to hold a Jump-a-thon fundraiser. Jamie sees it as her chance to save the day on behalf of the Average People, while at the same time impressing Hudson by beating out Angeline. But in the end, she puts her personal feelings aside in order to do the right thing. And once she stops judging people by appearance alone, she discovers her own sparkling inner beauty, which was there all along. Starring Emily Alynd Lind, Mary-Charles Jones, David Mazouz, Sterling Griffith, Laura Bell Bundy and James Waterston
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